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Steelers Injury Updates: Two Key Starters Miss Practice



Steelers FS Minkah Fitzpatrick
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick at practice on Oct. 25, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are still dealing with several injury issues on the defense, and George Pickens and Minkah Fitzpatrick headline the daily injuries. Both missed practice on Wednesday to start the week’s prep against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fitzpatrick, along with Montravius Adams, were players who had missed multiple weeks and were hoping to come back. Adams returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since his ankle injury against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 2nd.

“Minkah is working hard to be component of this week’s plan, as is Mont Adams,” head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday. “In both cases, we’ll be thoughtful about their participation and levels of participation. When we get later in the week, we’ll let the amount of that participation and the quality of it potentially be our guide in terms of their availability.”

Fitzpatrick has been out since suffering his injury midway through the Steelers’ Week 9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has missed three straight games. Damontae Kazee moved from strong safety to free safety to replace him, with Keanu Neal stepping up from a part-time role to a full-time role to replace Kazee in the first two games of Fitzpatrick’s absence.

But Neal was injured late in the Week 10 win over Green Bay, and was placed on the injured reserve list Saturday with a rib injury. He will miss at least the next three games.

Trenton Thompson was the third man up at strong safety, making his first career start against the Cleveland Browns. Elijah Riley played as the Dime defensive back, but he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Browns and was placed on IR this week. He will miss at least the next four games.

Outside of the safety position, Pickens’ injury came as a surprise. If he could not play, Allen Robinson II and Calvin Austin III would take on a larger role.

James Pierre (shoulder) and Nick Herbig (hamstring) popped up with new injuries but were limited. Patrick Peterson, Levi Wallace, Isaac Seumalo, and Cam Heyward were all given the day off for rest days.


Player Injury Date  Prognosis Roster Status
OLB Nick Herbig Hamstring Nov. 22 Unknown Active, LP on Wed.
CB James Pierre Shoulder Nov. 22 Unknown Active, LP on Wed.
WR George Pickens Shin Nov. 22 Unknown Active, DNP on Wed.
DB Elijah Riley High ankle sprain Nov. 19 Week to week Injured reserve (Wk. 16)
SS Keanu Neal Rib Nov. 12 Unknown Injured reserve (Wk. 15)
ILB Kwon Alexander Achilles Nov. 12 Out for season Injured reserve
ILB Cole Holcomb Left knee surgery Nov. 2 Out for season Injured reserve
NT Montravius Adams Right ankle Nov. 2 Day to day Active, LP on Wed.
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick Right hamstring Oct. 29 Day to day Active, DNP on Wed.
LB Chapelle Russell II Knee Aug. 11 Out for season Injured reserve
CB Cory Trice Right ACL tear Aug. 1 Out for season Injured reserve
RB Alfonzo Graham Torn right labrum July 29 Out for season Injured reserve
DT Renell Wren Torn right Achilles tendon May 17 Out for season Injured reserve